STAFF at one of country's oldest cinemas have gone on strike today.

Front of house staff at Duke of York's on Preston Road, Brighton, took action in a dispute over pay and union recognition.

The workers are calling on Picturehouse, owned by Cineworld, to pay the Living Wage - £8.45 per hour - and recognise their chosen union BECTU. 

BECTU member Pippa Sa said: "The Living Wage would enable us to afford Brighton. Living costs, products and goods, and train fares are rising.

"Without the living wage its really hard for us to be able to afford any of this stuff. And we are all on zero contracts so there is no guarantee of work."

Picturehouse has been contacted for comment.